Wednesday, September 20, 2006

And Nero fiddled while Rome burned . . .

The August unemployment figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics are out.

U.S. unemployment rate: 4.7%
Michigan rate: 7.1%

Michigan is tied with Mississippi for the highest unemployment rate. It could be a lot worse too. Nearly all of the folks losing their jobs from the "Big 3" are taking early retirement or special termination packages and are not included in the unemployment rate. Imagine what the unemployment rate would be had they been laid off instead . . .

The only winners in this crisis are the moving companies struggling to keep up with the demand from job seekers moving out of Michigan.

And what has Granholm been doing during the 4 years this crisis has been developing? (Besides twiddling her thumbs) Cool Cities. Cool Cities? Someone needs to tell Granholm that cities with high unemployment rates are NOT cool!

9 comments:

Communications guru said...

What she has done is personally lobby to get more than 30 companies to relocate to Michigan. The state’s biggest employer, the auto industry, is trying to survive and laid off record numbers of workers because of unfair trade practices of other countries. They can get no help from the people who have jurisdiction on enforcing fair trade agreements, and the guy in the White House is to busy to meet with the Big 3 because he's having dinner with the American Idol finalists and is preoccupied with his folly in Iraq.

After reading that post it just proves what I have been saying ever since you popped up on this blog, you have been on the road with Mick and the boys for far too long.

Timbercake said...

I'm curious to know what you think about DeVos statement about teaching intelligent design in science classes?

Why would he even bring this up in such a tight race?

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060920/NEWS99/60920015

gnois said...

And just what would you expect Granhom to do when it comes to the Big 3?? The backbone of the Michigan economy has been the automotive industry for close to a century and many of the residents of Michigan, both present and past, have benefited from that. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that government policy has little to do with the economic factors and pressure that the Big 3 are currently dealing with.

Check out Devos' brainfart of a website that list's the companies that have cut their workforce here in Michigan. Without exception, most of them are directly related to the Automotive industry which has shed jobs over the last 4 years to remain competitive with foreign competition. Farmer Jack scaled back and if you were to talk to them, they lost market share to guess who, Walmart, Republican candidate, Devos's soulmate in China.

Republicans hold the majority in Lansing, much the same as they do in Washington and much the same as they do in Washington, they do nothing. Easier to point fingers and scare the bejesus out of the serfs with the "sky is falling rhetoric" that has become the mainstay of the Republican party here in Michigan.

A vote for a Republican candidate here in Michigan is a vote for more of the same, tax cuts for the wealthy that don't trickle down to the needy, the 100,000 newly unemployed that don't have health care or benefits. It's a vote for lack of compassion or support. It's vote for more "leave every child behind" and continued concessions to special interest and big business, particularly those which Devos and Co. can take advantage of.

miGOP Traditionalist said...

The only polls I trust are at the voting booth.

I'm surprised at the lack of support Granholm i sgetting from SE MI.

But I'd like DeVoss to tell us more about his ideas on education and how his economic plan differs from where we are today.

Keith Richards said...
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Keith Richards said...

Companies and even entire industries go through periods of boom and bust. The "Big 3" are now going through a down cycle. Nobody blames Granholm for the long term problems and mistakes of the auto industry.

But it was obvious, or should have been obvious, on the day Granholm took office that the auto industry in Michigan is shrinking and that Michigan desperately needs to bring in new companies and new jobs to replace the jobs being lost. For four years we have watched companies close facilities and reduce staffing and tens of thousands of residents "vote with their feet", forced to leave Michigan to find new jobs, while Granholm has sat around doing nothing.

So if the definition of a great leader is someone who sits around and does nothing while a crisis grows, then Granholm is a great Governor. But most people want a Governor who is willing to show leadership in attracting new jobs and new industry to Michigan. After taking office DeVos will still have to prove that he can do it, but that is much better than electing Granholm, who has already proven that she can't.

Communications guru said...

You need to read my previous post, keith. Too many years on the road will do that to you. Attracting more than 30 companies is doing nothihg?

Keith Richards said...

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, and even the incompetence of Granholm can't drive away all new employers.

Communications guru said...

Well, it's stopped more than 30 times.